Cpl/3 Andrew Manning named Torch Runner of the Year

posted Wed, Apr 12, 2017 by Jon Buzby

From left, Greg Nolt (Delaware LESO State Director), Cpl/3 Andy Manning and Phil Saxon (Wilmington Wizards).

Cpl/3 Andrew Manning of the Delaware Natural Resources Police Department has been named the Delaware Law Enforcement Torch Run "Winnie Spence" 2017 Torch Runner.  

Manning, who has been an officer with DNR since 2002, is a member of the SODE Torch Run executive committee, serves as the Sussex County Leg Coordinator for the Torch Run, and is an agency coordinator.

Manning was honored by the Delaware Police Chiefs Council on April 12.

Special Olympics Start:  "My exposure to Special Olympics Delaware was when I first did the Polar Bear Plunge in 2000," Manning said. "When I signed up and jumped into the frigid water, I just thought that it was something fun to do that would raise money for a good cause. I didn’t fully know the extent of how important an organization Special Olympics was. Then I was introduced to the Bike Prologue and the Torch Run as a Seasonal Officer, where I got to see firsthand how excited the Special Olympics athletes were when the police motorcycles brought the torch down Rehoboth Avenue. At that point, I was hooked.  I ran my first Torch Run in 2003 and never looked back."

Most Unforgettable Torch Run Memory: "My most unforgettable moment was at my first bowling competition with Special Olympics Delaware and I was asked to place a medal around the neck of each athlete – recognizing their accomplishment. This singular event changed me and is responsible for reminding me how important the Special Olympics movement is, but more significantly, how inspiring the athletes are. I am humbled whenever I am in the presence of the athletes at whatever event it may be. It is a privilege to be a small part of this extraordinary movement and stand in the shadows of the athletes that I admire."

As the Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics "Winnie Spence" Torch Runner for 2017, Manning will have the distinct honor and privilege to deliver the Flame of Hope, on behalf of the entire Delaware Law Enforcement community, to the Special Olympics Delaware 2017 Outstanding Athlete Melissa Chong, at the Opening Ceremony of the SODE Summer Games on Friday, June 9 at the University of Delaware.